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Paris I

Long time no write so update required. RL tasks away from home and events kept interfering, not to mention the sheer  endless stream of GDPR e-mails and phone calls that had to be dealt with.  Apart from those things, there was also an art school ‘field trip’ weekend and the last rush to complete assignments. Next on my list list will be updating the pages of this site.

In the mean time, here are some pictures of our art school ‘field trip’ to Paris a couple weekends ago. No time for shopping, just plenty of museums. We had to travel ultra light so I did not take the camera, and instead used my phone.

Day 1:

Strange rabbity art piece at the entrance of the Paris Nord train station.

The bombastic mausoleum with Napoleon’s tomb. We didn’t go in. 

We had a quick lunch in a park near Napoleon’s tomb. After an airport style security check by armed soldiers we were let into the park. Almost immediately after we sat down on one of the garden benches to eat our packed sandwiches an opportunistic one legged pigeon hopped over. We fed it bread and croissants. Probably not very good for the bird nutritionally speaking, but it seemed happy anyway.

After lunch we visited the Rodin museum and its gardens.

The entrance to the museum

Gates of Hell, quite appropriate description of the museum that day. Hot and crowded.

The man in the mirror

The hallway.

Pardon me but your nails are in my neck.

The head of Anna de Noailles (sculpted one, not her real head, obviously)

Study for John the Baptist

More loose parts of John the Baptist. 

The gardens, view from the rear. (HA HA HA so funny euuaahmmm)

Our next stop was the Orangerie. There are two parts to this museum: two large oval rooms with Monet’s water lilies and regular museum rooms with mostly 19th/20th century paintings by Renoir, Matisse,  etc. Lots of naked women. On the paintings, not in the halls.

We had to cross the Seine to go the the Orangerie.

To give you an idea what the lilies in the oval rooms look like. I somehow managed to crop out the crowds.

This painting by Matisse can also be seen at the Orangerie

Our last stop for the day was the Orsay museum. Staff made a whole fuss about entrance times, security check, rucksacks etc, so in the end we had about 15 minutes for a visit all in all. I only had time to take a quick snap of this Bouguereau painting of Dante and Virgil in Hell on my way out. Here you can see a good example of the saying: “Hell is where my hat is.” In general I do not particularly like Bouguereau’s paintings but this one is a bit more interesting. The picture here says nothing about the size. The painting is huge (281×225 according to Wikipedia).

This concluded out museum visits of day one. Day two is for the next post.

 

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Styx and Stones

 

Gnome chair in the park at the Brasserie d’Achouffe

Dit weekend waren we op het jaarlijkse (schoon)familieweekend in de Ardennnen, meer bepaald in een vakantiehuis in de buurt van Achouffe (postnummer 6666), en dus niet ver van de Brasserie d’Achouffe. Het weer was zoals gewoonlijk variabel maar we hebben toch elke dag een mooie wandeling in het bos kunnen maken. Zaterdag deden we er eentje die vertrok aan de brouwerij. We hebben daar zelfs echte Chouffekabouters bij de vijver gezien. Allee, verklede mensen eigenlijk. De stoel hierboven is niet klein maar juist heel groot, zodat je je een kabouter voelt als je erop zit.

Here is where the beer is

Ik wandel graag in het bos. Krijg ik altijd inspiratie van.

De herfst is ondertussen wel begonnen. In het bos stonden zelfs kabouterhuisjes.

Beaver dam

Er moeten daar veel bevers zitten want we hebben een hoop dammen gezien en een grote burcht.

Le Herou. View of the Ourthe

Zondag hebben we een kortere maar spectaculairdere wandeling gedaan bij de rotsen van de Ourthe. Je had er een mooi uitzicht over de vallei. Je kunt er kajakken, rotsklimmen en abseilen maar dat hebben we allemaal niet gedaan. Het weer was er niet naar.

Use the chain to go up or down

In het gastenboek van ons verblijf hadden vooral kinderen de pagina’s volgeschreven. Vooral over hoe leuk de grote tuin was, en hoe ze in het beekje onderaan de tuin hadden gespeeld en geplonsd. Een paar mensen hadden tekeningen in het boek gemaakt van de tuin en het landschap, in balpen en zelfs in inkt.

Maar eentje was toch een buitenbeentje:

Lol. Een gamertje  met veel fantasie waarschijnlijk? Het was maar een klein beekje en Charon heb ik er ook niet gezien.

 

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Japan 7: Striking

A selection of strange or striking images.

Two-headed taxidermy object in Kobe

Scarecrows in Shirakawa-go

Bocca della Verita the Japanese way, Kobe

Dragon at Takayama

Traditional house, Takayama

Installation near the 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa

Flower in ice, fish market at Kanazawa

Large fish head, fish market, Kanazawa

Postbox in the station of Kanazawa

Shrine at Kanazawa,

Parking garage near the station of Kanazawa

Figurine in a glass bulb, Shibu Onsen

People in traditional clothes doing a tour of the onsens in the pouring rain, Shibu Onsen

Traditional showers and hot tub

The house that was allegedly the inspiration for the bath house in Spirited Away, a well-known animation film

Chicken and clock, Tokyo

Eve picking an apple, Tokyo

One of these strange raccoon figures you see everywhere

And last but not least, the Delirium cafe near our hotel: